CWU T&S WEEKLY BULLETIN NO 2020 /
04 Oct 2020
POST SPF ISSUES
SPF is to have installed a new small parcel sorting machine, requiring the relocation of offices and workshops. We have taken this opportunity to seek that technical staff be provided with adequate facilities. This includes a sealed lunch room with microwave ovens, fridges, and hot and cold washing facilities. We also seek clean up facilities. These have not been approved as yet. But we are still pursuing the matter.
POST TECHNICAL TRAINING
One matter that has emerged with the disputes at SPF is the total lack of training of technical staff. The national training structure has been brought down, with no national training in place. This is now becoming a safety matter as well.
Please let us know your views on the training that technical staff need.
SUPERANNUATION PART 9 - WHAT HAPPENS IF I DIE?
If, on your death, you still have money in the superannuation scheme, there will be a lump sum to be paid - but to whom? First and most importantly, your super lump sum does not from part of your estate - in other words, it will NOT be distributed in accordance with your will.
Your super lump sum is treated separately. The trustee of the superannuation fund determines who will receive the lump sum. They will be guided by the directions you mad when you joined the super fund. You were asked who should be the beneficiaries. However the trustee has a discretion to vary your nominated persons. For example, some may have predeceased you. You may have more children. You may be separated. Dependants may make a claim on the fund. This is a difficult area. In practice, the Super fund trustee will allow a Court to determine the beneficiaries. The trustee will abide by the Court decision.
You can overcome this problem by making a "binding nomination". The "binding" nomination removes the discretion from the trustee. The trustee is then legally bound to make the payments to your nominated beneficiaries.
SUPERANNUATION PART 10 - BINDING NOMINATIONS
Above we explained that a binding nomination will ensure that the beneficiaries you have nominated will receive the benefits from your super fund.
To make a binding nomination you must contact your super fund who will send you a form. It is a simple matter. They will file the nomination for use in the event of your untimely death.
Remember to regularly review your nomination. Your circumstances may have changed. Your preferred beneficiaries may also have changed. You should be able to see your nominees on the fund web page.
WAGE THEFT CAMPAIGN - ACTU
We recently gave evidence to the Senate about the wage theft crisis. And you can bet that we didn't pull any punches. We have a plan to tackle wage theft that restores the rights of workers and unions to quickly recover wages stolen by employers.
Everyone knows that wage theft is a major crisis in Australia. For many unscrupulous employers, stealing workers' wages has become a business model. Every year billions of dollars of wages, superannuation and other entitlements are stolen from workers.
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AUSTRALIANS NEED SUPPORT
$300 per fortnight cut to JobSeeker
$750 per fortnight cut for part-time JobKeeper workers
$300 per fortnight cut for full-time JobKeeper workers
Who on earth would cut pandemic support during a pandemic? This week the Morrison Government will do just that with:
COVID-19 has wrecked the jobs, livelihoods and security of millions of Australians. Cutting this crucial support will harm workers and their families, harm our communities and harm our economy. These cuts will make the recession worse, deeper and go for longer.
Unions had to fight so hard to win JobKeeper. Morrison ruled it out in March and we had to change his mind. Now we have to fight to defend it.
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Authorised by Dan Dwyer Branch Secretary
CWU Telecommunications & Services Branch, Sydney City, NSW.